MLB: Dodgers declined contract option on Justin Turner

The Los Angeles Dodgers declined the $16 million option given to Justin Turner.

The team also announced Thursday that it has extended qualifying offers to shortstop Trea Turner and left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson.

For the second year in a row, Clayton Kershaw didn’t receive a qualifying offer, but no matter, he quickly initialed a new one-year contract, which will bring him back to Los Angeles for a 16th campaign.

Justin Turner will receive $2 million for the buyout. The 37-year-old third baseman could still sign with the Dodgers, but likely for less than $16 million.

Turner batted .278 with 13 homers and 81 RBI in 128 games this season. After the All-Star break, he batted .340 before going just two for 13 at home in the National Division Series, in which the Dodgers were eliminated.

Turner was named the 2017 National Championship Series MVP and was an All-Star selection in 2017 and 2021. He helped the Dodgers win the 2020 World Series.

Earlier in November, Turner received the Roberto Clemente Trophy, which honors Major League players for their philanthropic efforts.

Anderson posted a 15-5 record and 2.57 ERA in 30 appearances on the mound in 2022, including 28 starts. The 32-year-old pitcher struck out 138 opponents and walked 34 of them.

The Dodgers previously declined the 2023 options of infielder Hanser Albert and right-handed pitcher Jimmy Nelson.

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